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carboxylic +‎ -ate


carboxylate (plural carboxylates)

  1. (organic chemistry) Any salt or ester of a carboxylic acid.
    • 2003, Journal of the American Chemical Society[1], volume 125, page 134:
      [] substitution of a carboxylate would be expected to destabilize the dritterionic mesomer that contributes to the singlet valence bond description as the benzyne geometry becomes more bicyclic.


carboxylate (third-person singular simple present carboxylates, present participle carboxylating, simple past and past participle carboxylated)

  1. (organic chemistry) To form a carboxyl group by introduction of carbon dioxide
  2. (organic chemistry) To react with a carboxylic acid